The ringing of one of these bells before the ritual can bring focus and attention to the mind. This practice can help a person to be present without distraction. It is also said to drive away evil spirits from the area the ritual is being performed.
The symbolic meaning of the prayer bell carries significance and the object is often filled with magical power. The physical bell is like the Buddha’s body. The sound of the bell is like the Buddha’s voice teaching the dharma, it is wisdom. Vajra represents the compassion of the Buddha and is his mind.
The sound of the singing bowl, prayer bells and prayer cymbals can be soothing, calming and healing. The vibration of the bell is said to: purify negative energy, be spiritually cleansing, return harmony and balance and increase the positive energy.